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Federal MP Darren Chester has described the election of Senator Bridget McKenzie as Deputy Leader of the National Party as a great win for Gippsland.

Senator McKenzie won a ballot of her National Party colleagues at Parliament House, Canberra, this morning.

“Bridget is from Leongatha and was a teacher at Yarram Secondary College, as well as a lecturer at Monash University’s Churchill campus,” Mr Chester said.

“She’s proud of her life-long connection to country Victoria and is passionate about Gippsland and the people who live and work here.

“As a Senator, she has represented the interests of country Victoria with great effect. Many in Gippsland will be well aware of her fierce support for our dairy farmers, her advocacy for gun owners and her efforts to improve access to higher education for country students.

“I’ve known Bridget for more than 15 years and I am pleased Gippsland and country Victoria will have another influential voice at the highest levels in Canberra.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Bridget to boost investment in our regions and to promote the interests of regional Australians at every opportunity.”

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